How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

Considering that exercising helps the body stay healthy, look good and keeps you mentally alert and sound, starting and maintaining a good exercise regime is one of the hardest things for most people to do. Even knowing the immense benefit that working out has to offer, it’s still always a bit hard to get into, and stick with that workout course. Yet, to make sure you’re in good shape, working out is a big must. So what do you do? The best solution is to change how you think about exercising.

There are various reasons why people shy away from exercising. For some people, there isn’t time. For others, it’s a case of lack of self-confidence or simply a strong dislike for anything that makes them sweat. If you really want to start exercising and make sure you don’t quit along the road, the first step is identifying why you’re reluctant to start exercising. Once you’ve done this, you can figure out a simple exercising solution that takes that problem into account and still helps you workout successfully.

Some insight that might help shape your opinion on exercising moving forward include,

  1. Exercising doesn’t have to be a painful process. You don’t have to put yourself under intense physical and/or emotional strain just because you want to get in form. Acknowledging your limits and working out within those limits is actually all you need do.
  2. For the best workout results, keep your expectations realistic. Magical results won’t appear overnight. You need to put up goals that are achievable and understand that it will take a bit of time and dedication to get where you want to be physically.

If you’ve been able to walk through the processes highlighted above, the only thing remaining for you to do now is get on the road to starting (and maintaining) your workout regime safely. Here are some helpful tips to help you get the ball rolling:

  • The first and most important thing here is your safety. Make sure that you consult with your doctor. This way, you can identify any health concerns and figure out what exercise would be best suited for you.
  • Before you start exercising, make sure you put your body in the mood for the workout you’ll be putting yourself through. You can do this by doing stretches to warm up your body and get you properly limber and fluid.
  • This same thing is also applicable after you’re done working out. You need to let your body simmer down after all the energy you must’ve expended exercising. Something simple, like a little walk should be more than enough.
  • Never underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. Always keep a bottle of water handy throughout your workout session.
  • Let your body take the lead. Should you start feeling fatigue or discomfort, stop immediately and give yourself time to breathe.
  • Give yourself time to adjust to the workout session. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Set reasonable milestones and work towards them at a slow but steady pace.
  • Set simple reminders that trigger your urge to exercise
  • Be sure to motivate yourself after every successful workout session. Even better, reward yourself. It is good encouragement for you to do more.